In 1983, Aboveground Art Supplies began in a tiny, 300 square foot, windowless,
second story location (hence the name) at Dundas Street West and McCaul
Street in Toronto, with the intention of attracting the nearby students
of the (then) Ontario College of Art. Later that year we moved to 71 McCaul
Street. After numerous expansions, the space was overflowing and it was
getting difficult to turn around in the aisles. A larger self-contained
facility was required and, as luck would have it, it was sitting directly
across the street.
In 1998, we moved to our new home at 74 McCaul Street. Owned by the Ontario College of Art and Design, our completely restored and renovated circa 1887 building features 8000 square feet: 5000 square feet of Retail space on three floors, and 3rd floor Administrative offices.
We are now the Art Supply Store of preference for Ontario College of Art and Design Students, Faculty and Staff. We continue to offer catalogue mail order to our customers across North America, as we have since 1983.
We are very proud to launch our e-commerce site, allowing customers from across the globe to shop our entire on-line catalogue. Featuring more than 17,000 items, Aboveground Art Supplies.com offers the same high quality customer service you can expect in our retail store. Our staff of practicing artists work in a diverse range of disciplines and styles. If you have a question or are looking for a special item, contact us and let our customer service representatives go to work for you.
We hope you enjoy your shopping experience at Aboveground Art Supplies.com and that you will visit us again.
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